Wednesday, January 6, 2010

County Dems to elect new leader

Chairwoman resigns after 1 year in office


The Blaine County Democrats will hold a special election at their regular January meeting to elect a new chair after Nancy Masner-Whiton stepped down from the position Friday, Jan. 1.

The meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

Vice Chair Gini Ballou took over as chair until the election is held. Ballou said she will run for election but welcomes any other candidates for nomination.

Masner-Whiton said she stepped down "mostly for family obligations."

"I have to go out of state quite a bit," she said.

During her one-year tenure, Masner-Whiton said, she was instrumental in improving the organization's ability to communicate.

"I developed the organization's Web site, started a monthly newsletter and doubled our database," she said.

Masner-Whiton replaced former Chair Betty Murphy last January. Murphy served as chair from 2003 to 2009.

"I'm happy to stay as vice chair if there is someone committed and more qualified, but willing to serve as chair if no one else steps forward," Ballou said.

If Ballou is elected chair, an election will be held at the meeting to select a new vice chair.

The meeting is open to the public, though only precinct captains are eligible to vote. For more information, call Ballou at 720-4347.

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